2nd Annual Austin Regional – Moose + Cheese = Victory!

The 1st 2nd Annual Austin Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational (The Curds of March) was held at the Austin Moose Lodge on March 14th, 2009. Even though the entire city was caught up in the craziness of SXSW over 500 cheese fiends descended on the Moose lodge to get some hot cheesey goodness.

The competition was hard fought in the cold back patio of the lodge but saw incredible sammich entries that utilized such ingredients as Donuts! Clearly the Honey Pot category of competition has struck a chord with the Austinites and this GCI continues to inspire the city of the weird.

The Austin Regional saw the inclusion of a new regional category for Texas, the Lambada (quesadilla) category.

As well as the sammiches in competition, Kraft Singles provided over 500 of their hot and fresh sammies for the crowd.


Sammich Rank Missionary Category Cook Overall
1st 28 . QuesoLoco Steve Paris 23.8000
2nd 38 . The Sharp Longhorn W. Eric Benton 22.5238
3rd 42 . Plain Jane Kevin Ann Kelsmark 22.0020
4th 14 . Mama Edie Roy “Puppy” Lewis 22.0017
5th 1 . RLP Special Robert Poklemba 21.7500
Sammich Rank Lambada Category Cook Overall
1st 31 . Armando Montoya Jukilledmyfaderpreparetodie Audrey Maker 29.9000
2nd 39 . This Ancho Mama’s Quesadilla W. Eric Benton 27.6429
3rd 20 . Mi Ultimo Refugio Gregory Ray 23.6500
4th 41 . QuesoKatuwe Steve Paris 23.2222
Sammich Rank Kama Sutra Category Cook Overall
1st 47 . The Notting Hill Carnival Garreth Wilcock 30.2778
2nd 5 . The Super Mario Jagger Ramsey 29.2000
3rd 24 . Cheese Please Roxy Rickaby 28.4000
4th 45 . Old Fashioned Kevin Ann Kelsmark 27.4737
5th 8 . Rabid Rarebit Doryan 27.2000
4th 40 . A Little Italian Inside You W. Eric Benton 27.0000
5th 12 . Cajun Turkey Melt Joseph Schooler 25.7000
Sammich Rank Honey Pot Category Cook Overall
1st 2 . hole lotta goodness Robert Poklemba 27.6000
2nd 46 . Gottahaveone! Kevin Ann Kelsmark 27.5000
3rd 13 . Sexy Pot Belly Jordan Ramsey 27.4500
4th 22 . Making Love out of Nuthin At All Josh Hood 26.9500
4th (tied) 49 . Tiramisu Surprise Matthew Bey 26.9500
5th 37 . The 50 push-ups sandwich Presley Winstead 25.3889
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49 . Tiramisu Surprise Matthew Bey 13.0000
Filed in: Austin, Regionals, Results • Saturday, March 14th, 2009

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The Grilled Cheese Invitational (GCI) is the largest, craziest, and most exciting Grilled Cheese cooking contest in the country and is the best thing to happen to sliced cheese since sliced bread! The GCI promotes an almost scary pursuit of perfection in a Grilled Cheese Sammich and allows for amateur and professional chefs to compete side-by-side in the hopes of becoming a true Grilled Cheese Champion.

The event was created by Tim Walker in 2003, in an artist loft in Downtown Los Angeles as a competition between friends and since then, has grown into a national movement dedicated to perfecting the art of grilled cheese, with thousands of cheese fiends and regional competitions across the country.